Soft Goods

Ask FRR

  • By: Buzz Bryson
Right Boot Sole

What do you think about the new rubber alternatives to felt soles on wading boots? Do they grip and wear as well as felt? And do they achieve their intended purpose of reducing the spread of various invasive “nasties” from stream to stream?

New Gear

  • By: Darrel Martin
  • and Ted Leeson
Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Fly LInes

New gear from Winston, Hardy and Scientific Anglers.

Kudo Awards 2011

  • By: Joe Healy
  • , Buzz Bryson
  • , Ted Leeson
  • and Greg Thomas
Kudo Awards 2011

Except for the angler, a fly reel is the only piece of fly-fishing equipment with any significant moving parts, and those of us with a weakness for fine reels appreciate them in part as machinery. Some offer the finely tuned elegance of a Ferrari, others the classic, understated solidity of a Rolls or Bentley. Hatch reels are a little different: their engineering appears to derive largely from a Brink’s truck—a very handsomely crafted, precision-made, cleanly finished Brink’s truck, to be sure. But their philosophical core clearly owes much to the armored car.

Lightweight Coverage

  • By: Ted Leeson
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"Most anglers are better served by lightweight, packable wading jackets."

LL Bean Pocket Water Jacket

  • By: Ted Leeson
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"I had a chance to field-test this jacket for a few days, and it functioned remarkably well, sealing out water during the brief immersions that are often part of a day’s fishing."